Where can I get a virtual mobile phone that can be accessed through the internet, or, optionally, to my real phone?
March 20, 2012 3:26 PM Subscribe
Where can I get a phone number that I can access through the internet, with the option of forwarding to my cell phone? That can handle voice *and* SMS in both directions (for privacy reasons).
posted by Nish ton to computers & internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have looked and looked, expecting the solution to be just around the corner, but have not been able to find a solution that supports SMS messages.
Many of the services have bizarre limitations on them too, like text messages sent from skype don't even reach the number, and you can't use it for activating a facebook account.
I just want something like a virtual mobile phone that I can use through the internet (ideally web-based), or, optionally, connect to my mobile phone.
No frills are needed but I need full-functionality, the real thing, in terms of being just as compatible as any normal mobile phone. I don't want people trying to contact me and not being able to get through because "that's not supported" or whatnot. Especially with sms they won't know that I didn't get it.
This is for a charity organization, we get a lot of volunteers that are reluctant to give out their real phone numbers and stuff, and that interferes with things a lot. I'd like to just hand them the username and password for a service as described above so they can use that.
"virtual phone numbers" exist but they are used for sending bulk text messages and stuff, and are $25 a month. I only pay $10 a month for my real phone so there must be something cheaper?
Obviously if I wanted to place a call or send an sms though this service I would call/send it to a dedicated number and use some sort of interface to indicate to the system what the final destination is...